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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Medicine

Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Medicine

Overview

The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at Max Healthcare is one of the largest chains of tertiary level rehabilitation centres in North India, with presence in Delhi NCR (Saket, Patparganj, Vaishali, Shalimar Bagh, Panchsheel Park, Greater Noida, Gurgaon & Noida) and Dehradun. Each of the institutes is designed to offer the highest levels of patient care in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The department is an important aspect of Max Healthcare, helping patients gain back their independence after a disabling disease or a traumatic injury. Specialists in this area work with patients to help minimise the physical and cognitive effects of disability so that patients may reach their fullest potential.

Depending upon an individual's medical and emotional condition and personal goals, patients may experience a number of benefits as a result of physical therapy and rehabilitative care, including:

  • The ability to return to work
  • The ability to develop the skills necessary for independent living. Without such care, many of these patients would otherwise require long-term home care.
  • Shortened or less frequent hospitalisation 
Expertise

The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at Max Hospitals, India, has a complete spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, including several state-of-the-art technologies that are first in Asia. Each institute is managed by a team of highly-skilled and experienced physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic therapists, sports therapists, paediatric therapists, cardiologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, rehabilitation assistants and specialised nurses who work together to deliver world-class healthcare services. Together, the team provides thorough evaluations, comprehensive diagnosis and compassionate care through a wide range of patient care services, including inpatient and outpatient programs.

To provide world-class care, the department is equipped with modern infrastructure, which includes the following:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Heat therapy/cryotherapy
  • Microwave diathermy
  • Hi-power laser
  • Short wave diathermy
  • Electromyography (EMG)/Biofeedback Electrical modalities such as TENS (electrical nerve stimulation), ultrasound, laser and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS)
  • Balance board
  • Various therapeutic machines
  • Latest exercise equipment
  • VitalStim for dysphagia management
  • Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation (TNMES)
Inpatient physiotherapy and rehabilitation care occur in the department's bedded, state-of-the-art facility. Patient rooms and areas for therapy and social activities provide a comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families. The Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit shares its space with outpatient programs located at the hospital. Inpatient care programs include:
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Paediatric rehabilitation
  • Spine rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pain rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation also offers outpatient services that range from short-term to long-term care programs. Outpatient care programs include:
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Arthritis rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia rehabilitation
  • Hand clinic Lymphedema clinic
  • Osteoporosis rehabilitation
  • Paediatric rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine clinic
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Vascular/wound care centre
  • Back to work rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Fibromyalgia treatment centre
  • Manual therapy
  • Incontinence clinic
 
Approach

The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation is a one-stop destination for all types of physiotherapy and rehabilitative treatments. A physiotherapist or an occupational therapist completes a thorough assessment that may include the patient's health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, range of motion, strength, reflexes, sensation and cardio-respiratory status. They also examine relevant x-rays, laboratory tests, medical records and surgical notes. Based on this assessment, the therapist develops a diagnosis and works in partnership with the patient to plan individualised goals and treatment programs. This the department offers via the following services:

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

The department has a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that helps patients with various cardiac conditions to achieve optimal physical function. It includes an evaluation of the patient, exercise, education, counselling, risk factor modification and learning ways to live a healthier life. The program is a safe and effective way to help patients recover faster, get stronger, reduce stress, decrease the risks of future heart problems, and live longer.

  • Geriatric care (Prevention of falls)
More than one-third of the elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. Nowadays, many senior citizens imprison themselves in their homes due to fear of falling. They lose the physical benefits of normal activity and compromise balance and muscle strength, putting themselves at an even greater risk. Impaired vision or mental functioning as a result of medication are other risk factors.

The department's geriatric care programme offers senior patients with a number of benefits. The physiotherapists devise a personalised treatment programme to help patients regain their independence, maximise safety, reducing the risk of falling, restoring their confidence, helping them carry out daily activities, improving mobility indoors and outdoors, maintaining their muscle strength, providing balance and walking re-education and improving quality of life, overall.

  • Dysphagia management
The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation has expertise and experience in treating dysphagia (swallowing problems) caused by various diseases, especially dysphagia followed by a stroke. The treatment chosen depends on the patient's condition and nature of the problem. Difficulty in swallowing caused by motility disorders is treated by stretching narrowed passages. While dysphagia caused by neurological problems such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, stroke or spinal cord injury requires treating the underlying condition. In many cases, the doctors here use VitalStim Therapy (an electrical stimulation therapy) for the treatment of dysphagia. It helps in correcting dysphagia at early stages of the condition, prevents its progression to the point where the patient may require a feeding tube and enables many patients on tubes to return to normal or partly-normal eating.
  • Rehabilitation for neurological disorders

The department's staff focuses on the restoration of function in people with a wide range of disabling injuries and illnesses. Therapists deal not only with the physical aspects of injury or disease but also the person's social, emotional and vocational wellbeing. Their practice of physiotherapy and rehabilitation is based on a holistic and comprehensive approach to medical care for individuals who have experienced an impairment resulting from an injury, disease process or developmental disorders.

Neurological Rehabilitation programs are conducted on both, inpatient and outpatient cases. A dedicated neurological rehabilitation team revolves around patients and their families, helping them set short and long-term treatment goals for recovery.

  • Managing sports injuries

Most sports injuries (muscle strains, ligament sprains, bruises, etc.) are caused by the overuse/misuse of a muscle or joint. However, there are preventive methods that can significantly reduce the risk of injury. The physiotherapists at the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation help people of all ages and lifestyles gain their desired level of active living and physical functioning. With their applied knowledge and understanding of the human body in action, they are able to help sports enthusiasts increase mobility, relieve pain, build strength and improve balance and cardiovascular function. The physiotherapists not only treat injuries but also teach how to prevent the onset of pain or injury that can limit one's activity.

  • Cancer wellness program

The department focuses on improving the quality of a person's life after cancer by helping them manage the following issues:

  • Critical care in ICU
  • Lymphedema
  • Impaired mobility (reconditioning, weakness or loss of flexibility)
  • Energy management issues
  • Chemotherapy-related side effects
  • Physical well being after cancer
Palliative treatment is provided in the form of exercise programmes, TNMES, myofascial release/soft tissue manipulation and dysphagia management.
  • Stroke rehabilitation

Stroke is the third-largest killer in India after a heart attack and cancer and second largest in the world. The department's stroke rehabilitation team has in-depth experience of stroke and neurological rehabilitation. It helps patients relearn:

  • Skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged
  • How to do things that the patient did prior to the stroke
  • New ways of performing tasks to circumvent/compensate for any residual disabilities.
The team aims for treatment, spontaneous recovery, rehabilitation and a return to community living. Long term support and appropriate rehabilitation provided is tailored to the needs of the patient and aimed for the survivors returning to work.

Why choose Max Healthcare?

Max Healthcare has long held that the needs of the patient come first. This belief is evidenced in the patient-centred care offered by the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. It is committed to providing patient care through teamwork. Throughout the duration of treatment at Max Healthcare, patients receive the attention and care of a closely coordinated group of rehabilitation specialists, each of whom brings unique expertise to the team.

Disabling diseases and traumatic injuries affect each patient differently. Accordingly, the doctors here deliver comprehensive treatment through personal and individualised care that considers the unique needs, abilities and objectives of each patient. The goal is to help patients help themselves. The department recognises that physiotherapy and rehabilitation patients are not passive recipients, but active participants in their own recovery. Accordingly, patients' families and the department's staff work together to set and follow individualised treatment plans for recovery. When implementing these treatment plans, patients benefit greatly from Max's low patient-to-therapist ratio. In most instances, patients work one-on-one with their therapists. They also benefit from Max's extensive array of patient care resources, including state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Max Healthcare also believes that patient education is an important part of delivering excellent medical care. The Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation staff weaves patient education opportunities into its daily rehabilitation activities. During these teaching moments, doctors use one-on-one discussions and teaching materials to educate patients about their medical condition and rehabilitative care.

In the end, caring, nurturing and helping people heal with a personalised touch and patient connection is what Max Healthcare strives for. And this is what sets it apart!

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